The Sandwich Retrospective

This exercise can be used as a retrospective technique (in addition to other popular techniques as the Start-stop-continue retrospective, Starfish retrospective, Speed boat retrospective, etc.). I called it the Sandwich retrospective as it covers three different “slices of ingredients” which I believe are essential for self-reflection. These (in “sandwich terms”) are: The issues (the “hunger”) we face in our organization, project, release, sprint, etc. (the…

Means First, Then StatesLes moyens d’abord, les résultats après

This exercise introduces and demonstrates the “Means First, Then States Syndrome” and the negative impact it could have on software projects’ execution and/or outcomes. It also drives a meaningful discussion on what success is to software projects and what factors could lead to it (including an evaluation of the values and principles of the agile manifesto). It further emphasizes the importance of stakeholder theory and…

Values Advocacy

This exercise introduces and drives a meaningful discussion about the four values in the agile manifesto. Although it is a good starting point for an introductory to the agile world, the exercise could be used also to roughly assess the readiness of the participants (and eventually of their organizations) to adopt agile. I have created it as part of my university exercises and already tried it out on different students –…